I like the 116 chukka a lot.
It's a 3 eyelet and I grabbed mine in brown nubuck on a dainite.
By that logic, my $10 leather gloves from Home Depot must have very high quality as they survived more water and mud than any of my shoes.
p.s., JL leather is much softer wearing than EG or G&G IME, but that could be due to variations in construction.
Frankly, given what I do know about the brand, I find the suggestion that St. C. would opt to use lower quality leather on their black shoes quite preposterous.
And as for leather quality being inferior to EG? No freaking way. And I say that as a huge fan and multiple owner of EG shoes.
I dont think they opt to use any lower quality leather but it just happens that my black pair feels is more wrinkle prone and less lustrous than my other SC or other high-end shoes.
I did not make myself clear. Aside from the color variations, the leather on my black SC has more wrinkles/creasing at the side/quarter area, less lustrous, easier marked/dented than my other SC or other high-end shoes.
I have the 505 and luv it. the only other monk I would obsess over is if JLobb brought their Vail model back.
585 is interesting, without some of the contrast stitching I've seen but cannot see a chukka being any better than RogerP's # 524 example. wholecut viola would be a keeper.
and add the 548 boot this fall
Cheers my man, I am seriously digging those shoes. A wholecut is high on the list for my second pair.
I imagine you are Roger and rightfully so.
Question please, if I could use your eyes for a minute.
Have you noticed the Marraca suede shoe i'm seeing on Leather Foot's site ?
If so, what's your opinion ? The nap appears pretty short as if it's almost a distressed suede.
I am sure they could, at a charge. What I am not sure is the outcome of the pattern change; are you going to lower the balmoral line to the bottom of the peak? or are you removing the peak and moving the balmoral line up?
That SC pair's balmoral line is very very shallow and the only reason it works is the downward pointing peak to balance and give some depth to the shallow horizontal line.
Very very nice colors.